Fiji Waterfall

Sekumpul Village, Bali, Indonesia

About Fiji Waterfall


Hiking Distance: about 5km walk (w/ 1.2km scooter ride out)
Suggested Time: allow at least 3 hours

Date first visited: 2022-06-22
Date last visited: 2022-06-22

Waterfall Latitude: -8.18021
Waterfall Longitude: 115.18138

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The Fiji Waterfall was one that surprised us as we got close to it, which seemed to yield a similar kind of unexpected pleasant surprise feeling that the nearby Hidden Waterfall did.

Part of the reason why we had lowered expectations was because the first look at the falls prior to descending into the gorge yielded what turned out to be a small fraction of what we ended up witnessing.

Sekumpul_183_06212022 - Fiji Waterfall
Fiji Waterfall

Indeed, as you can see from the photo above, there was way more than meets the eye with the Fiji Waterfall, and it’s for that overall experience that we gave it a pretty strong scenic rating score for what I’d say was a “supplemental waterfall”.

Now, since this was actually the third and most expensive option of the Sekumpul Waterfall excursions on offer, I opted to break this into its own write-up.

After all, from what I could tell, there weren’t that many people going this option, and there was enough things to say about this one to not clutter the Sekumpul Waterfall (and Hidden Waterfall) write-up.

So the Fiji Waterfall consisted of three parallel segments, each with pretty high volume and with a height of around 30-40m or so (roughly about half the height of Sekumpul Waterfall in my estimation).

Sekumpul_187_06212022 - Mom and some dudes enjoying themselves in the mist beneath two of the three segments comprising the Fiji Waterfall
Mom and some dudes enjoying themselves in the mist beneath two of the three segments comprising the Fiji Waterfall

The waterfalls were spread out enough that we had to put the iPhone in “pano” mode in order to get everything in a single shot (like a super virtual wide angle).

I suspect that’s the main reason why the Fiji Waterfall surprised us in the way that it did as you couldn’t get its full magnitude until you actually got right up to it.

It’s also why photos really didn’t do this waterfall justice, and you’d really want to experience it firsthand in order to truly appreciate it.

According to my Gaia GPS map, unlike both the Sekumpul and Hidden Waterfalls which flowed on segments of the Tukad Daya, the Fiji Waterfall flowed on a separate river called Tukad Panarukan.

Sekumpul_244_06212022 - The Fiji Waterfall is technically a supplemental waterfall to the Sekumpul Waterfall excursion though it certainly stands out on its own
The Fiji Waterfall is technically a supplemental waterfall to the Sekumpul Waterfall excursion though it certainly stands out on its own

So as mentioned earlier, we had to go on the Long Hike option to reach this falls, and this was by far the most difficult one of the three main Sekumpul Waterfalls to reach (which I’ll get into below).

Trail Description for the Fiji Waterfall

The Fiji Waterfall is basically an “add-on” option to add to the Sekumpul Waterfall experience, which I won’t reproduce in this write-up, but you can read more about it in a separate write-up.

We’ll pick things up from the misty base of the Sekumpul Waterfall, where the trail continued past a crossing of its segment of the Tukad Daya River and continued further downstream.

About 200m from the crossing, the trail reached another seemingly well-established junction next to some shelters and warungs, but the catch here was that there was a big bridge that looked to be bare.

Sekumpul_153_06212022 - This bridge was washed out in 2020, which I believe was the same event that might have caused the landslide that forced a re-route of the Sekumpul Waterfall Trail that we encountered when we descended into the gorge
This bridge was washed out in 2020, which I believe was the same event that might have caused the landslide that forced a re-route of the Sekumpul Waterfall Trail that we encountered when we descended into the gorge

According to our local guide (who called himself Benny), that bridge was washed out in a flood and probably was part of the same event that caused the landslide we saw earlier at a switchback when descending the gorge.

I realized then that the switchback was a re-route of the trail to the Fiji Waterfall as the one we saw that would have gone over this bare bridge is no longer in use.

Anyways, while on the topic of bridge washouts, the trail then veered to the left beyond the warungs and approached a fairly fast-moving stream crossing along the Tukad Panarukan River right where there were pillars and ropes.

The pillars were foundations of a footbridge that was once there (I even noticed the broken plank further downstream), and the ropes were set up to help maintain balance given the shin-deep to knee-deep crossing was fast-moving and pretty slippery.

Sekumpul_158_06212022 - Benny leading Mom across a fast-moving crossing of the Tukad Panarukan given another bridge washout that occurred here
Benny leading Mom across a fast-moving crossing of the Tukad Panarukan given another bridge washout that occurred here

Beyond this river crossing, the path momentarily skirted its opposite side for a few minutes before crossing back over a somewhat wider (and less sketchier) area of the river.

The path then continued along the rocky banks of the river before reaching a footbridge that looked to still be intact, and that was when we finally got to witness the Fiji Waterfall in all its glory.

Of course on the other side of it, we got to get a closer look while also feeling its mist which was all around us while we saw others wade in the plunge pool between two of the three segments of the falls.

This was the extent of the Fiji Waterfall hiking experience, and once we had our fill of this spot, we then headed back the way we came.

Sekumpul_178_06212022 - Benny and Mom crossing a bridge right in front of the Fiji Waterfall
Benny and Mom crossing a bridge right in front of the Fiji Waterfall

On the way back up, we not only had to go back through the same river crossings and creek crossings, but then we had to climb up a long series of steps.

It was only after getting back to the top of the steps and walking a bit to the warungs not too far from the overlooks that Mom and I got scooter rides back to the car park, which definitely helped to save time and additional uphill hiking.

All things considered, we spent between 3-4 hours away from the car (we might have had to add another half-hour or so if not for the scooter rides).

From what I could tell in my GPS logs, we hiked about 5km in total though it was hard to tell given the GPS went nuts from the multipath caused by the steep terrain and jungle cover.

Authorities

The Fiji Waterfall resides in the Buleleng Regency near Singaraja or Bedugul in Bali Province, Indonesia. It may be administered by the Buleleng Regency Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website.

Sekumpul_260_06212022 - Looking towards the 2020 landslide that caused us to take a different track to the Fiji Waterfall than the old track that would have gone to a bridge that was now washed out
Sekumpul_155_06212022 - Mom and Benny walking by some warung on the way to the Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul_157_06212022 - Mom and Benny descending towards the Tukad Panarukan on the way to the Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul_161_06212022 - Benny leading Mom on the other side of the Tukad Panarukan on the way to the Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul_163_06212022 - Benny watching Mom go back across the Tukad Panarukan on the way to the Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul_166_06212022 - Looking back at a group of dudes and another party of tourists crossing the Tukad Panarukan at the same time
Sekumpul_167_06212022 - Benny and Mom skirting along the Tukad Panarukan with the Fiji Waterfall looming ahead
Sekumpul_172_06212022 - Benny and Mom getting closer to the Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul_175_06212022 - Benny and Mom approaching the footbridge fronting the Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul_056_iPhone_06222022 - Panoramic context of the Fiji Waterfall with Mom sharing the base with a group of dudes
Sekumpul_054_iPhone_06222022 - Mom and some guys sharing the bottom of the Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul_214_06212022 - Benny and Mom starting to head out after having our fill of the Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul_218_06212022 - Benny and Mom going back across the fast unbridged traverse of the Tukad Panarukan
Sekumpul_221_06212022 - Looking back at the foundations and the broken part of the bridge that was once there to get across the Tukad Panarukan
Sekumpul_223_06212022 - Benny and Mom before a really smoky warung on our way back from the Fiji Waterfall
Sekumpul_225_06212022 - Benny and Mom going across the Tukad Daya segment downstream from the Sekumpul Waterfall pretty much concluding our out-and-back detour to the Fiji Waterfall


The Fiji Waterfall shares the same trailhead as the Sekumpul Waterfall so they are located about 18km southeast of the city of Singaraja.

For convenience, I’ll repeat some of the information shared on that other write-up.

Drive_to_Sekumpul_020_iPhone_06222022 - Approaching the signed entrance to the official car park and registration area for the Sekumpul Waterfalls, including the Fiji Waterfall
Approaching the signed entrance to the official car park and registration area for the Sekumpul Waterfalls, including the Fiji Waterfall

Since we were driven to the trailhead for this waterfall from Lovina, I can tell you that it took us about 1 hour to get to the official car park.

That said, we followed GoogleMaps, which misled our driver on some smaller roads that eventually became unsuitable for passenger vehicles as they were more meant for scooters.

So I won’t bother with giving exact driving directions, but I can recommend that taking the Jalan Raya Desa after going around 8km east of Lovina (continuing east of Singaraja) is a better, wider road to get to Sekumpul Village.

For more details, you can look at the embedded map above for your trip planning needs.

Now, I’ve seen trip reports advocating for starting the hike to Sekumpul Waterfalls from Lemukih Village, but I’m under the impression that it only goes to the top of the Sekumpul Waterfall.

Sekumpul_003_06212022 - The main car park for the registration and start of the Sekumpul Waterfalls, including the Fiji Waterfall
The main car park for the registration and start of the Sekumpul Waterfalls, including the Fiji Waterfall

I could be wrong about this, but I really can’t say any more about this since we didn’t do it this way.

For geographical context, Singaraja is about 10km (less than 30 minutes drive) east of Lovina, about 30km (an hour drive) north of Bedugul, 73km (over 2 hours drive) north of Ubud, about 88km (about 3 hours drive) north of Kuta, about 78km (about 2.5 hours drive) north of Canggu, and about 83km (over 2.5 hours drive) north of Seminyak.

Note that you’ll want to take the drive times with a grain of salt mostly because the traffic situation (especially in Southern Bali) is pretty bad and unpredictable.

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Back and forth sweep of Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfalls with a couple of zoom-in sweeps of the bigger falls (including showing people behind the fence at the brink)


Brief back and forth sweep showing all segments of the Fiji Waterfall


Sweep focusing on three segments of Fiji Waterfall with zoom-ins, and then wrap up with 360 degree sweep

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Tagged with: sekumpul, lemukih, hidden waterfall, hidden gorge, buleleng, bali, indonesia, lovina, singaraja, north bali



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